S.T. Game 28. Yanks blanked, 5-0.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks sent Luis Cessa to AAA today and released Wade LeBlanc.

As for the game, Masahiro Tanaka pitched well, made one mistake, but the Yanks were blanked in a 5-0 loss to Boston. They are 15-12-1 for spring training.

Brandon Drury escaped more serious injury when he was hit by a pitch and needed X-rays on his elbow. Negative, but we’ll see how things develop since Opening Day is only a week away.

It was an Opening Day lineup…. sort of. Move Brett Gardner to 9 and move everyone else up, and that’s what you had, which meant Aaron Judge leading off.

Spring training is the time for experimentation.

Tanaka gave up a HR to Ivan De Jesus, Jr. in the third.

The bullpen was a bit shaky.  Chasen Shreve gave up a HR and two runs in the seventh, and Boston scored single runs in the eighth and ninth.

The Yanks only got five hits, two by Gardner.

Tanaka (L) 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Kahnle 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR
Betances 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Lail 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 4 K.
Schwaab 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.

Miguel Andujar won the James P. Dawson Award for best rookie in camp.


S.T. Game 27. Montgomery & German shine in Yanks’ 2-1 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Jordan Montgomery and Domingo German pitched great in the Yanks’ 2-1 win over the Twins Thursday afternoon. The win puts the Yankees’ spring training record at 15-11-1.

Montgomery gave up just one run in six innings, and German pitched three scoreless hitless innings in the win.

Yesterday, I advocated that Jonathan Holder should be the last bullpen guy and that the Yanks should continue to stretch out German at AAA and utilize German as the emergency sixth starter when necessary. German did nothing today to make me change my mind that he should be the first guy they turn to in case one of the rotation members goes down.

Being it was a road game, and a 2 1/2 hour bus trip each way, most of the regulars stayed back in Tampa. For example, Tyler Wade batted third.

The Yanks got on the board first on a second inning HR by Billy McKinney. He only has six hits this spring, but five were HR.

The Twins tied it in the bottom of the fifth, but in the top of the sixth, a Tyler Austin double and Austin Romine single was the combination for the winning run.

Jacoby Ellsbury finally got into a game after his oblique trouble, and went 0 for 2 with a walk. He will probably be put on extended spring training since he has missed most of spring training and most likely won’t be ready for Opening Day.

Abiatal Avelino 1 for 1.
Austin had 2 hits.
Shane Robinson had 2 hits.

Montgomery (W) 6 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 W, 2 K.
German (S) 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.

S.T. Game 26. All rise, twice. Judge HRs 2x in Yanks 9-4 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before Wednesday’s game, the Yanks sent a couple of people down, and one of them, Tyler Austin, is the indication that they are going with just three bench people, meaning 12 position players, and 13 pitchers to start the season.

Besides Austin, also going down are Ben Heller, Giovanny Gallegos and Billy McKinney.

It appears that that 25th spot will be going to Jonathan Holder or Domingo German.

I prefer it go to Holder. Here is why. I’m more sold on German as an emergency starter than Luis Cessa (see below for what Cessa did tonight). So as an emergency starter, I want German to stay stretched out to give multiple innings, and not waste away in the Yanks’ loaded bullpen going only an inning or two at a time. Keep him stretched out at AAA. So then go with Holder in the bullpen (and see below for what Holder did tonight).

As for the game tonight, Aaron Judge homered twice, walked twice, scored four runs and drove in four in the Yanks’ 9-4 win over Baltimore. The Yanks’ spring training record is 14-11-1.

The lineup looked like an Opening Day lineup, with the exception of Ronald Torreyes batting 9th and playing 3B instead of Brandon Drury.

The lineup was Gardner/Judge/Bird/Stanton/Sanchez/Didi/Hicks/Walker/Torreyes.

Having written that, the first two innings featured the kind of offensive bludgeoning we hope to see from the Yanks this year.

After Cessa gave up a HR in the top of the first to put the Orioles up 1-0, the Yanks came right back with two in the bottom of the first. With one out, Judge walked, and with two out, Stanton singled, Sanchez walked and Didi doubled home two.

Some don’t like Judge hitting second because of the 52 HR last year. I don’t mind it because he also led the AL with 127 walks. You do want someone on base for Stanton and Sanchez (and others).

In the third, with one out, Torreyes and Gardner singled, and Judge walked again, this time to load the bases. Bird singled in two. After Stanton grounded into a force, Sanchez reached on an error, a run scoring. 5-1 Yanks.

Cessa gave up a couple runs in the fourth to make it 5-3 O’s. By this time, Gary Sanchez had already thrown out TWO Orioles attempting to steal.

In the bottom of the fourth, Judge hit the first of his two homers for the night to make it 6-3 Yanks.

In the fifth, David Robertson ran into trouble then turned into Houdini again. Single, double to make it 6-4, WP. But then foul out, and two strikeouts, to stand that runner at third.

Holder (see above) came in and pitched two scoreless innings. Like I wrote, stretch German out at AAA to have him as emergency starter, keep Holder on the team (until Ellsbury is ready to come off the DL).

In the eighth, Aroldis Chapman got a strikeout, then an error by Hicks and a double put men on second and third for the Orioles, but Chapman got a strikeout and Chaz Hebert then came in and got a strikeout to get out of it.

In the bottom of the eighth, Abiatal Avelino and Brett Gardner each singled, and Judge hit his second HR of the game to make it 9-4.

Gardner 2 hits. Scored 2x
Judge 2 HR, 2 walks, scored 4, drove in 4.
Bird 2 RBI
Gregorius 2 RBI

Cessa (W) 4 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Robertson (H) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K
Holder (H) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Chapman (H) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Hebert (S) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.

S.T. Game 25. Wade makes team, gets 2 hits, but Yanks lose 8-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Tyler Wade will be going north with the Yankees, and doubled and tripled today, but the Yanks lost their spring training game on Tuesday, 8-3 to the Tigers.

It puts the spring training record (meaningless) at 13-11-1.

Because of the chance for rain, the Yanks kept most of their regulars home to work out, and instead of Sonny Gray starting this game, it was Brady Lail. The relievers were AAA or lower as well.

Recently demoted Gleyber Torres and Estevan Florial were both in the starting lineup.

The Yanks scored in the top of the first when Wade tripled and Neil Walker singled.

Lail gave up two in the bottom of the first.

The Tigers got three in the fourth and one in the fifth. 6-1 Tigers.

Jorge Saez hit a 2-run HR in the eighth for the Yanks but the Tigers came right back with two runs of their own.

Lail (L) 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K.
Heller 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Carroll 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up HR.
Gallegos 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Feyereisen 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Frawley 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Reeves 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.

So Wade makes the team.

C Romine and Sanchez
1B Bird
2B Walker and Wade
SS Didi and Torreyes
3B Drury (Walker, Wade, Torreyes also can play other positions)
OF/DH Gardner, Hicks, Judge, Stanton

That is 12. The question is whether the Yanks go north with 12 pitchers or 13.

If 12 pitchers, they are Severino, Tanaka, Gray, CC, Montgomery, Green, Warren, Kahnle, Shreve, Robertson, Betances and Chapman.

As to who that last guy will be? Position player Tyler Austin, or P probably Jonathan Holder?

Ellsbury and Clint Frazier DL bound.

Toronto named their Opening Day Starter. So it will be Severino vs. J.A. Happ on March 29 up in Toronto.

S.T. Game 24. Warren ruins it. Yanks fall, 4-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks took a 2-0 lead and a one-hitter into the top of the ninth of their spring training game Monday night vs. the Rays, but Adam Warren gave up 5 hits, two of them homers, and four runs, as the Yanks lost 4-2.

The loss puts the Yanks’ spring training record at 13-10-1.

The Yanks got a run in the second when Didi walked, Austin singled, and after a forceout and strikeout, Ronald Torreyes singled in a run.

In the sixth, Hicks walked and Didi singled. After a ground out that moved both runners up, Austin Romine hit a SF.

Then came the top of the ninth, and Warren gave up a single, single, HR, line out, HR, fly out and single before his night was through.

Aaron Judge and Ronald Torreyes each had two hits.

Hale 3 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 1 W, 5 K.
Kahnle (H) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Green (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Betances (H) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K.
Warren (BS, L) 2/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.

There are rumors that the Yanks and Red Sox could play a two-game set in London in the summer of 2019. I hope not.

No surprise—Jacoby Ellsbury will be on the DL to start the season.

S.T. Game 23. Bird & Sanchez HR in Yanks’ 8-5 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Greg Bird and Gary Sanchez each homered in Sunday’s 8-5 Yankees’ win over the Marlins. It ups their spring training record to 13-9-1.

Before the game, the Yanks sent down Estevan Florial and Miguel Andujar.

The Yanks got four in the first when Gardner singled, stole second, and with one out,  Bird hit a 2-run HR. Stanton walked, and with two out, Didi singled and Neil Walker doubled in two.

They made it 5-0 in the third when Sanchez homered.

Severino was strong for three innings before faltering a bit, giving up a run on a Brian Anderson HR in the fourth and two in the fifth—Anderson getting an RBI double that inning.

In the sixth, Stanton walked, and with one out, was doubled to third by Didi. After a walk, Brandon Drury singled in two runs to make it 7-3.

Miami got a run in the top of the seventh to cut it to 7-4, Didi making a great play to save more runs from being scored, but the Yanks got one back in the bottom of the seventh when Gardner singled, Chris Gittens walked and Stanton singled in a run.

Wade LeBlanc gave up a HR in the eighth to the Marlins’ Joe Dunand for the final count of 8-5.

Gardner 2 for 4
Bird 1 for 3, 2-run HR.
Stanton 1 for 2, RBI, 2 walks
Sanchez 1 for 4, solo HR.
Gregorius 2 for 4
Walker 2 for 2, 2 RBI
Drury 1 for 3, 2 RBI
Aguilar 1 for 1.

Severino (W) 5 IP, 3 R,  7 H, 0 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Holder (H) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 5 K.
Shreve (H) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.
LeBlanc 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up HR.

S.T. Game 22. Tanaka, German and Feyereisen roughed up in Yanks’ 9-3 loss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Masahiro Tanaka gave up a couple of gopher balls, one to Miguel Cabrera (he of the 462 career HR and the last Triple Crown) as the Yanks lost 9-3 to Detroit in their Saturday exhibition game. The Yanks are 12-9-1 in spring training so far.

Opening Day is March 29. Luis Severino will start and be followed by Tanaka, CC and Gray. Jordan Montgomery starts the home opener on April 2.

The Yanks got two in the top of the first when with one out, Brandon Drury walked and Greg Bird doubled. A balk forced home one run, and Miguel Andujar singled in another.

Cabrera hit a solo HR in the bottom of the first.

With one out in the third, Tanaka gave up a triple to Alexi Amarista then a HR to Leonys Martin. He struck out Jeimer Candelario but Candelario reached on the wild pitch, then after the second out, went to second on another wild pitch, and after a walk, Victor Martinez singled to make it 4-2, Tigers.

The Yanks made it 4-3 in the fourth, when Erik Kratz singled and Ronald Torreyes walked. After a walk, Estevan Florial reached on an error, and Kratz scored.

The Tigers got two in the fifth off Domingo German. German gave up another run in the sixth.

J.P. Feyereisen gave up a two-run HR in the seventh.

Domingo Castillo 1 for 1
Drury 1 for 2, drew 2 walks
Jeff Hendrix 2 for 2
Francisco Diaz 1 for 1

Tanaka (L) 2 2/3 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Carroll 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K.
German 2 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 2 W, 2 K.
Feyereisen 2 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up HR.